Brazil v Ivory Coast Best Odds, Tips and Predictions
Brazil draw level with Spain in World Cup Odds
After Spain’s loss to Switzerland, both they and Brazil now can be taken for the same price to win the World Cup, 11/2 at SkyBet. Sunday’s big World Cup match sees the mighty Brazil v Ivory Coast, in what should attract a wealth of World Cup Betting. Brazil opened their 2010 account with a 2-1 victory over North Korea, in a game which saw them dominate, against a hard working Asian side, which was a lot more disciplined than most people would have imagined. The North Koreans went into the match not promising anything spectacular really in the battle between the World’s best side and the lowest ranked team in the tournament. However, the North Koreans gave a good account of themselves with 10 men behind the ball most of the time, but hustled and harried the Brazilians, closing out all the space on the pitch, so that the Brazilians were very limited. Not until right back Maicon broke the deadline early in the second half did the Korean resistance break, and then had the gusto to steal away down the other end of the pitch with a couple of minutes to go to get a consolation. While the scoreline was close, the game wasn’t really. Brazil were never in any danger of letting it get away, and for a World Cup opener they will be happy. The Brazilians had a quiet build up to the tournament, not playing anywhere near as many international friendlies as other nations in their preparations, so coach Dunga was happy to get that one out of the way and move on. Brazil are a little unique under Dunga, who named his squad and starting eleven, well in advance of the FIFA deadline. The squad numbers run from 1 to 11 in the side which he put out, indicating that he knows who his best eleven are, and he is not afraid to let the rest of the squad now. You really have to earn your stripes to make your way into the current Brazilian side. The strengths of Brazil were on show in their opener, the creative passing, and the speed and adventure of the full backs. The movement off the ball was as good as the movement on it, and while Kaka had a quiet game, one man who didn’t was striker Robinho. The Manchester City forward looked simply amazing with the ball at his feet. He deliberately took the ball into tight situations, and with mesmerising trickery always got the ball to fellow player. The space he created was magnificent, and his pass to release Elano for the second goal was sublime. His was one of the best performances of the first round of matches. Now Brazil expect to have a lot more space against the Ivory Coast on Sunday, which should suit their passing game even more. The Koreans pretty much shut up shop for most of the match, but the Ivory Coast will pose a threat up front. This is a good test for Brazil against an awkward side, but nothing they should not be able to handle. Dunga is confident, and the players looked confident, respectful of their opposition and delighted with their win. There was no complacency, no bravado, just a quiet efficiency with an air of menace bubbling under the surface. Brazil will know that the Ivory Coast probably will present them the most problems off all of their group rivals, as they will face physical challenges that Korea and Portugal won’t bring.
Brazil World Cup Betting. Even though this will be a step up in terms of quality for them, you would still fancy Brazil to win. There have been upsets at the World Cup 2010 so far, but Brazil falling would really be the biggest. They are organised, strong in defence, and tactically sound. With more space to play they will be even more dangerous, as the Ivory Coast will play a more expansive game than the North Koreans, naturally. Outright betting on the win should be a safe enough bet, and look for anytime goal scorers for Fabiano and Robinho.
Brazil World Cup 2010 Stats
Played: P1, W1, D0, L0
Cards: Y1, R0
Most Shots: Robinho, 6
Top Scorer: Elano, Maicon, 1
Shots/On Goal: 26/10
Fouls Committed: 9
Total Passes: 715
Pass Completion: 83%
Last 5 Form: WWWWW
Drogba ready to start and star for Les Elephants
Talisman Didier Drogba could well start the match as his country goes into battle against South American champions Brazil. Drogba, who’s arm was broken prior to the World Cup, came on for 25 minutes in their dour 0-0 draw against Portugal and did not seem to be troubled by his surgery-repaired arm. That will bring much good news for the Ivory Coast as they look to take on their toughest challenge of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The Ivory Coast looked a much more stable side under ex-England boss Sven Goran-Eriksson. There were questions whether Eriksson’s pragmatic and cautious approach would be a good fit for the golden generation of the Ivory Coast’s players, but you could see his influence over his side, as the Ivory Coast were happy to sit, consolidate and hope for the one break which would bring them success. But not even the introduction of Drogba could make the break through in a match which was sadly devoid of goalmouth action, and failed to live up to the promise of an exciting Drogba v Cristiano Ronaldo match up. Eriksson will again put out a side which will try and contain the Brazilians, knowing that a second point for them would not be a disaster in the group, with the North Koreans still to come from them. Les Elephants showed a much tighter, more solid defence against Portugal than they had showed at the African Cup of Nations, and that can be credited to Eriksson. They will that defence to remain calm and steady as the Brazilians will attack them from all angles of the pitch. There is the potential for this to be one of the most exciting matches of the second round of matches, and has the potential for plenty of goals. But the Ivory Coast will probably try and suffocate the Brazilians early on, ceding ground to the more talented side. But with Drogba in the team, he gives good options for going long up front, and he will battle hard against the Brazilian defence, which contains probably the best central defender in the world, Lucio. That will be a fascinating battle to watch, and could be one of the main keys to the game. There is a lot at stake for Les Elephants, as the likes of Drogba are likely to be around for the next World Cup. This generation of players have promised a lot down the years but have failed to deliver. Will Eriksson be the missing link, and lend the World Cup another upset by plotting the downfall of Brazil?
Ivory Coast World Cup Betting: The Ivory Coast would probably be very happy with a draw from this one to be honest, and therefore backing them at a Draw No Bet, would be a brave but very interesting bet. Brazil look solid enough to beat the African nation, but you never know with Drogba on the pitch. It may only take one chance for him, and with the defence looking a lot more organised, there are just the faint callings of an upset. Brazil will press hard in order to ensure qualification from the group, and this could be a real battle. Always worth looking at Didier Drogba for an anytime scorer, especially if he is from the start, as he is the free-kick taker and the biggest menace in the Ivory Coast side.
Ivory Coast World Cup 2010 Stats
Played: P1, W0, D1, L0
Cards: Y2, R0
Most Shots: Several, 1
Top Scorer: N/A
Shots/On Goal: 5/1
Fouls Committed: 18
Total Passes: 458
Pass Completion: 76%
Last 5 Form: DLDWD
Brazil v Ivory Coast Betting Odds
Asian Handicap Betting Tip: Not a lot of choice around on this one really, as Brazil are clear favourites to win this match, and quite comfortably looking at the World Cup odds here. The 4/6 outright price above is not too bad on them to win the match really, but for a little more you can shoot for them winning by two goals, and if they only manage to win by one, you’ll get your stake back. Decent value.
Brazil -1 for 13/10 at Paddy Power
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